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••A I.oirr of Truth." l»> V.lir.a Orne
W!ii(, "Stttrie-H «»f the Chero
kee HilN," b> Maurice ThompKo-n
"Myths mid I.«-js«mii1»." <> Bolj.
Sun of Battle" — -"'iin> Black tur
t«ifi" ••Oorolhx Dchiic" Et«*.
A Lover of. Truth" is as bright and
reads ■•■■ a book as often comes one's
way. As far as plot Is concerned it
l« just a simple every day love story,
r :que or pretentious about It,
the kind that mak'-s a great many
Mfjries in print and— one is glad to be
lieve—a vast number more in real life.
As , ( character study it is very am
bitious and as successful as it Is
Ingr. The half dozen prominent
Pf «(■' ■ in it are drawn with a delicacy
tJiat does not disguise the firmness of
■troke nor the acuteness of insight
that ii:hl<"« such draughtsmanship pos
sible. The author's style is as simple
H.-i : ■■••; plot, yet bright and clever, at j
t Dies quite filled with natural and '
am us in*; conversation.
Both hero and heroine are 'Lovers of
Truth." They but develop in different ]
M■ . -i. Jean Beycroft's girlhood, its
philosophy and unhappiness are sum- !
mcd tij. in her ten-year-old misery at a I
children's party: "It Isn't that I want !
t.» be kissed; 1 should hate it; but [ !
rlnn't like to be the kind of little girl
i' • • ii..idy wants to kiss." Hhe grows i
out of her awkward girlhood into a \
beautiful, high-spirited woman, but
i> ■ |uite loses the : if-finsciousness
toped by many years of wall flow- |
crhood. Her childish hero, "The Lover I
of Truth," whose principle is absolute
veracity and plain-spokenness, and '
Whose Ideal women at" Meredith's)
heroines, should find in Jean Reyeroft
the bfcsl fulfillment of his demands; he
marriee Instead — I<> th^ reader's relief, i
f>»r Alen Nicholas-; soon develops Into
a prig Elsie, Jean's sparkling, beau
tiful little butterfly cousin. Els!*- is c
delightful little creature to whom so
lies are as necessary as» th»* air
Mie breathes, though at heart .<<he is
true and <ioglike in her loyalty, in
tlin^ she loses her fascination for Alen,
and the conflict comes between bein^
:n;.- t<> bis promise and true to hint
self In another man the struggle
would be heroic, but in him it loses
Its force, for while he acts In some
Borl the devoted husband, h<' allows
bin -I!' all the brutal truth-itlling he
wants and ii must be admitted it is
usually for selfish ends. Truth broad
en* d ••> include true courtesy, as it ap
pears m th<- other characters, is a more
lovable thing.
" A La of Truth," bj El 1m Orne White
(1.26. lloiißiiton. Mlfflin *Co.. Boston.
I'..r hi!« by the Si. l\mi Book and Station.
• • •
"Stories of th; Cherokee Hills."
Magazine readers are familiar with
s i f Southern mountain life
by M< irice Thompson stories not bo
nun ■•:■• ■■:!- ;.s they are a •■<■< ptable. Mr.
'II !'• son was brought up in
Hi. < 'I • rokee li Ui district „f
' ■ : rvcil, iis a boy.
the Southern army. After
'■ l '5 urgia the n ■ untain types ap
him as possible lii. rarj ma
il M is rather Interesting to read
■ f i :■:•• !.-.-. ptton granted th< -■
if i lisapp< arlng civilization.
• !••• . ir >.is ended, politics had taken
i ness engender* d by the i ■
• n trouble, and. when these
'i! the 'color line,' wi itti n
. in the seventies, were offered t«
Mitars. they were promptly rejected,
••" the ground-that 'fiction in an) wraj
i »'I( Ii th< re ■ ! uiir in the
flout h and Its results' could not tail to
nder ill feeling' and do injury to
r and publisher." The inii
iy of human judgment was never
: ■• ■.» n than ill lilt lifj't Of BUb
»' ■ri-vi: events on this editorial dictum.
In i .\ iy, ih<i ii. re, Mp. Thompson
n n : garded as the father of all
the vast collection >'t Bketches of the
.n.hhl' jusi before and after the war.
i' • ms are some ol the Kitua
*i"i m. Mi. '| h.iiupM>n asuureH us in a
inien'siinn as ;m\ story In
The intdk. they :u>- really but the
"•■■otd of things ooming directly un
ii •! his nwn observation. And so the
h ■'!' "Ben and Judas." the mas
ind .-lave through many years of
<■!•».-•• i- iaiii.il k'"« so Inseparable
that l !: • Mack man might have
t!:.- Incarnate shadow of the white one,
so much -ere they alike In everything
put '•.:<>- being "reaily and truly
true," li:is an added Interesi it hardly
needs, • onsidering its humor and pa
thos and that delicious situation of the
stolen nielops and the vengeful prayer
o\,i- the rich plunder. This story, by
th,> w.i>. is the best among a half doz
'■'• curious and entertaining Bketches.
•-'Stories si the Ch«rokee mils." by Mauricr
Tbompson |I.EO. Houglito •. Miffltn *. 1 f....
M.st.,l, for sal- by [be Si. Taiil Ro»V h d
9U rampiaj .
• • •
".Myths snd Legends."
Thus.-' w li>> consider our continent
tnn „ >ung to .support a huge family
THK llllji'l \Ml.ni< A\ HOTKI, 1\ (TBA TO BE Bl ILT » HIVA.IA.
is a whiter rjeaort will have for
niii.i! Cuba and Pi < ;>•> i.' o. The
U »!d .ire ( urious to \is!t the
■Se late war with Spain will be
learn that an American corpora
handsome and commodious
:wo islar.Js. Aln-ady the plau> !
■ have b«*»-n drawn, and through the I
« - : the ari'liiteiis. Messrs. Goodrich
of Baltimore. The Globe is
r its roadfrs just what the ;
toiue of Havana, will look like, i
bom. deetgned especially to »c
--wlnter tourists, will be con
•tructed upon the latest and most Approved
I: will be proof against everything.
Eke ;n intet-ts say ft will be fireproof, earth
ciuaJLe-prooC, damp-proof and vermin-prooL
V iis< ntn -ould any one ask?
The u>>uj<« will be surround**! h^ be&uiifal
of ghosts should read Charles M. Skin
ner's "Myths and Legends Beyond Our
Borders." Every third page supplies
at least one suggestively creepy ghost
story, a few of them as aristocratic
and ancestrial as some of the best ones
across the sea; most, however, are In
dian legends, none the less thrilling
because they belong to plain or river
rather than castle or mansion. The
j admirers of Mr. Gilbert Parker's super
| lative stories of the far north know
! the wonderful atmosphere of Northern
Canada for myths and legends, a
country where the very emptiness of
the vast wilduess of snow fields creates
spirits of people. The northern Indians
were not lacking in Imagination, and
the spirit of the land that subdues
even the skeptical mind of the civilized
South gave life, in their awed fancy,
to myths of unusual dignity and
.spirituality. More near the Canadian
border of our own land the legends
lose much of their originality and
charm. Again In Central America and
Mexico the myths become weird and
strange, having for a background the
wonderful dead civilization of the
Aztecs, with all its legends of marvel
ous wealth and vengeful spirits.
Mr. Skinner has published before
the "Myths and Legends of Our Own
Land" and the present volume has
ewn a better field for literature; it
would be impossible to make an un- j
interesting book out of the "Myths j
and Legends Beyond Our Border," j
even if the author was not a pleasing j
writer. As it is the book Is very good !
reading Indeed.
"Myths and Legends Beyond Ou, Borders."
by Charles M. Slunner. .1. B. Lippincott
Co.. Philadelphia. Price. $1.50. For's*le by
the St Paul Boik and Stat:ore T v rampany.
• * •
"Bob "Son of Battle."
This is a book about dogs, the sheep
dogs of the border country of Eng
land. It contains a vast deal of new j
and interesting information about j
sheep-dogs ami their ways, and one j
.strong and disagreeable human char- !
acter, to wit. A. lam MAdam, the ov.n
er <-f "Red Wull." The other human
characters* are of little account, and
really, with the best will in the world
toward collie dotrs and their feats and J
their conquests, it is impossible to keep
up an interest in a story consisting
wholly of descriptions of how Owd
Bob's neck bristled or Red Wail's eyes
glared. If th._y ever were allowed to
fly at one another it might be a more
exciting matter, but at. the critical mo
tnent the masters invariably hop up
from somewhere. "To me. Bob!" "To
me, Wull!" and the fight is postponed.
There is, indeed, one death sti"jggle
in the book— that of Red Wull against
all his enemies— which Is highly excit
ing, but Alfred Ollivant, who is a new
writer, does not know how to stop this
I sort of thing before the reader turns
nick and disgusted. Mr. Ollivant has
much to learn before he. can write a
lively, well constructed story.
"Hob. Pon of Battle," by Alfrp<l Ollivant.
I>oubloday & McClure Co. fUB. For sale
by the St. Paul Book and Statonery com
* • •
"The Black Curtain."
"The Black Cuitaln" is somewhat
melodramatic in plot and incident, as
It certainly is in title. It Is not intend
ed for tragedy, it appears, however,
and ends happily, despite all that the
fate* and the author can concoct to
i the contrary. A singer, on the night
"i her expected triumph, finds herself
with a slum voice; an artist, at the
heixbt <,f iiis career, finds that an
oihcr stroke of work men or Mindness.
; Both the owner of the deafl voice and
i the owner of tlv lost cafeer leave their
urmer haunts and in the Colorado hills
■ .pi. oddly enough the same claim.
Th« owner (> f the dead voice is a wom
an, young and beautiful; the owner of
,i.' clos.ml career is a man, brave and
itronjf. The laws of the land concern
ing the pre-empting of homestead
claims are very curious and very slow
' in action; th» leaves the hero and
heroine fact* t«> face with an awkward
Bituation and each other and with
I'!' nty of time to follow the only
course open to two .such individuals
under such circumstances in a well
reared romance. Their Inevitable fall- ;
ing in love ir- made more Interesting
by the artist's flnaHy losing his eye
sight from painting a picture to save
the hoi. or of Ute woman's young broth
er. This llnnl blindness is "The Black
Curtain" that gives a sinister name
to the hook and brings tr*J«d* into a
story better pijitcn to of
"The Black Curtain." by Klora Haires Lonp
• $l.:,0. Hou B h4oTi. Mlfflin * Co.. Bos
ton. For i*\r by the St. Paul Book and
S'atirnery conjp ny.
♦ * •
"Tables for the Frivo'oiis "
"Fables for the Frivolous" is pufe
lisheti with apologies to La FontaJn*.
These nonsense verses have appeared
from time to fcime In Life, the various
Harper periodicals and In Munsey's
Ifagaslne, and that the "Frivolous"
have found the>m amusing is demon
strated by the fact that they still coo
tin up to be popular with editors whose
Judgment la not swayed by frivolity.
1-a Fontaines fables have been
brought up to date by Guy Wet more
Carryl, In phraseology at least— their
ill needed no modernization — but
ii can hardly be claimed for these
done-over tallies that they are as
amusing as their originals. Yet they
will reach some who will enjoy them
tropi. al rardens. The late Col. Waring had
the out-of-door work in hand, and the sewer
age was also plannHi under his direction.
In this latter respect every possible precau
tion will be taken.
The American Hotel company, limited, Is
composed of British. American and Cuban
I < apitalists. and the hotel in Havana will be
but one of a chain of similar hotels to be
erected In Cuba and Porto Rico. The Ameri
can house will b« constructed entirely of
steel. Tnere will be expanded metal cover
ings both Inside and out, those on the ex
terior being covered with Portland cement.
Cumberland hydraulic cement wUI be used
on the interior. Even the windows and door
frame* and the verandas will be fireproof.
There win be 465 rooms in all, including
four parlors, four dining room*, two cafes,
a billiard room, a bar and a bowling ailey.
Every eteeptnc apartment will kave • toth
in this form who have never happened
on them in the other, and so their ex
istence Is justified.
Mr. Peter Newell's drawings for this
volume are the better part. Charac
teristically good in technique and hu
mor, they need no justification beyond
their own merits.
"Fables for the Frivolous," by Guy Wet
more Carryl. $1.50. Harper & Bros,, New
York. For sale by the St. Paul Book an*
Stationery company. •
• • •
"Dorothy Deane."
Ellen Olney Kirk has written a more
than usually delightful story for chil
dren — it makes charming reading even
for grown-ups. Dorothy Deane is a
little girl wiho had the misfortune to
live in early New England times, and
the greater misfortune — if greater mis
fortune can be conceived — to make her
home with a grandmother and maiden
aunt, who have the most sincere de
sire to rear the poor child in humility
and righteousness. However, Little
Dorothy's life Is not a path of barren
duty — it is well nigh impossible to
cheat the young of freedom — and some
of the brightness comes from the well
drawn dramatic little figure of Marcia ]
Dundas, a child with a woman's bur
den on her small shoulders and a
woman's pluck to carry it. If the vis
its to the Dundas kitchen were almost i
i stolen, it was in self -protection against !
! virtue too rigid to endure. The book j
j is delightfully written and far removed i
i from the mawkish sentiment of many
books intended for young readers.
"Dorothy Deane," by Ellen Oln«y Kirk.
$1.25. Houghton, Mifflin & Co.. Boston. Fcr
sale by the St. Paul Book and Stationery
Literary Notes.
Ellery Sedgwick says of M. Roeund and
Cyrano de Bergerac In the December At
'•Upon Paris, crammed to repletion with.
■ plays of an outworn and degenerate tyre.
i "Cyrano do Bergerac" came with a qulvken
! ing spirit The school of the classics
! had long been neglected. The reign of
! Dumas flls had scarcely been challenged.
• • • After all this, the noble touch of
| idealism that makes "Cyrano de Bergerac"
' the play it is was hailed with intense relief.
: It mi the same relief that in a petty scale
1 comes to the reader of some sparkling ro
! manic after he has toiled through shelves of
• bald and arid realism. People love ex
tremes, and M. Rostand came In the nick
of time.
"Yet all this detracts not one whit from
the merits of the play. M. Rostand's vi n
ture commanded success, but It deserved it.
At the moment, Parisians thought the play
a creation of a new type. In reality it is
the lineal descendant of the best traditions
of French literature. The author has schoo td
him elf in his Moliere. his Corne:il?, his
Hugo, and he knows them as well a.s ever
Stevpnson did his Scott or Keats his
Shakespeare. Read "Cyrano de Bergerac"
carefully, and you will find reverence for the
roasters at every turn. The note of high ro
mance, which Corneille caught from Ronsarl
and from the literature of Spain, 1b struck
ae:ain l>y M. Rostand. In Cyrano's disdain
for the world there is something that re
minds vi of Le Misanthrope himself. Per
haps it is not fanciful to imagine that, in
part at least, our hero inherits his adven
turous spirit and merry humor straight from
Lp Sage's Knight of Santlllane. Certain *t in
that the blood of Ruy Rlas flows in his veins,
and who would deny liis kinship to the
Thn ? Musketeers and D'Artagnan to
boot? FSiit If. P.ostand has been the master.
not the servant, of tradition. In the best
sense his play Is original, for It is instinct
with his own genius.
"The keynote of the plot la the hero's si'lf-
Sacrlfice. His unselfishness is complete, but
it is not without compensation, lv the in
tensity of his pain he Ii conscious of a subtle
delight in knowing that he hiniT'elf is loved
In the person of Christtaa. This is far l;.<;n
pure altruism. It is more sensuous, more
complex, more human, ni^re interesting."
• • •
The Cbrtatmaa Dumber of St. Nicholas l^
full of the holiday spirit. The frontispiece
is a striking drawing by Maxfluld Pari KM
illustrating a tale by Kvdleen Stein, i I
"The Page of the Count Reyuaurd. ' TUP
is a s cry of the song core-tests of the trottflKa
dours, in the days oi siod King R.
Provence. Clara Morris, the eminen. .
contributes a skr-.-t., roll of humor a-'d
bright character portrayal, "My I4ttl« ji:>i
(Vow. 1 " It is thp Btcry of a little
boy hat was once a member o!' her hoaxfc
b : i. iin.'. dI hta ! i inks, hla joys, a".l bia
Borrows. Thomas v. Alien Jr.. vim m&Oe
a i. »nc srotad the worM awheel. .- veral
years ego, and who is one of the autl- n <>r
I "Acma Asia on :i Bicycle." tp;is absut T 1 c
! Boys of Siberia." lie gives a diffe:viv in;
pr«e«doa of this lam! and its inhabitants ftwn
the on. usuplly entertained. Klyd'i Rlcbard
son Stoeg;. desrrlbea "rootball of Lor? Ar . "
plieninda. as played In am;!>>nt Athens- har
paa urn, us it was kn^wn among the Romans
and calcic, as the game was calleJ In Flor
ence. The article Is illustrate from o'rt
prints and from photographs. Oliver H< rford
has written a Clever drama in verse. "Fox
and Geese." a*id furnishes the illustrations
for «. "Mark V.," in Clarence .Maiko'e story,
war- an erra'lc torpedo that caused great un- '
eavies* to a number of American naval
officers during "he rw?nt war. A story that
hr-.s a gr>od, wbolisame moral, most appropri
ately enforced at this time, is "An Amateur
KrUs-Kringle," by Warren McVeigh. Seasom*
be Tinea and jln^lfs are "The Christnma-
Trco Lights." by Annie Willis McOulioueh
"The I)r«am of the Toy," by Katberlne Pyle'
and "Ye Chrlstmai Puddings." by Malcolm
Houßlas. Birch, Varla. Potthast. aid Blanche
McManus are among the ar.ists !-ftpre.--eutod
in the numbs*-.
« • •
In the first install icont of lUs story of ih«
"Mrrrlmac," In tho December Onturv wfil-h
Is to be an unusually attractive number
Lieut. Hobson lajs no cKm to having
nnglnated the Idea of !)!i>ckiug the channel 3!
Santiago. The sinking of the collier hid
been ordered by Admiral Sampson, but the
commanding officer off S.intia«o had not ex
ecutfd the maneuver when the flagship ar
rived, and the working out of the r'in. aa
will as its execution, was intrusted x> Lieu. '
Hobson. The preliminary str.pg are detailed
in this number of the magazin«. and in latPr
issues the story of the sinking of the ship
and the capture and imprisonment of her
crew will be given at flret hand. This is
the only account of his exploit thit Mr. Hob
son has written for publication.
• • •
Much interest has been excited fn America
by the telegraphic accounts of H^oley's ap
parently wholesale purchase of British uoble
nw*ii for use as decay ducks to hl.« various
stock scheme* ; and hts r-onn-etlon with th«
atuched. Thoee who nave previously visited
Cuba will appreciate thU luxury.
The office will be finished In onyx and the
br:Ual chamber* in silver. Old copper will
predominate throughout the main portion of
the house.
There win bo an Ice plant of tea tons ca
pacity, half of which will be used for ice
and half for refrigerating purposes. Three
electric licht plant* will also be built, on«
for Havana connection and two for the hoteL
There will also be a gas plant, but this will
merely be used in cases of emergency.
Ali the water will be distlHed. and the sew
erage will be forced directly Into the ooeaa.
the hotel being located to the east of the city
but within easy reach. Those who are at
tracted to Havana out of mere curiosity may
be surprised to find a hotel there mual ts>
aa> oa (be Florid* omM.
highest political official* of the empire. Theron
th. fv! 110 has been in England for
the Cosmopolitan, takes up the subject in
the November issue of that magazine, and
under ( the title of "Hooley and His Guinea
rigs, give* a connected story of the deriva
,?Ti Of Ho °tey and hi« rise to the con-irol of
miUons through unlimited cheok and the
opportune wUiingnesa of ddstirguished Br'tish
aristocrats to lend their names for a financial
cottsweTation to aaay sort of a shady transac
• • •
In tihe December number of McCluxe's
M *««*s* 1 »«, Oa.pt. Mahan will begin a series
or articles on the naval operations in the
recent war. These articles cannot fail to
be of great interest In the history and theory
of naval warfare, Capt. Wahao is acknowl
edged the wt>r!d over as about the highest
living authority; and as he was one of the
members of the board of strategy which
largely deTlsed and directed the naval move
ments in recent war, he will write In
theae articles from quite exceptional Informa
On Our Book Table.
"Chafing Dish Possibilities," by Fannie
Merrltt Farmer, $2; The Works of I
Jane Austen: "Emma," 2 vols.; "Lady Su-
Dc Eth ci Mrs. f celye, Who, as Frank Thompson, Fought
Through the Civil War in flale Attire— Her Thrilling
I \J History and Heroic Deeds.
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
The death of Mr*. L. H. Seelye at Li
Porte, Tex., last month, closed the career
of a remarkable woman, whose history is,
perhaps, the mo»t unique and Interesting or
any woman of this generation. She at least
furnishes the only well-authenticated case e£
a woman who served as a private soldier in
the ranks during the Civil war, and in the
threefold capacity of common soldier, field
nurse and spy, proved herself over and ovar
again "one of the best and braveat men iv
the regiment." In the battles of Bull Run.
Willlamsburg, Fair Oaks, the seven days be
fore Richmond, Antietam and Fredc-rlcksburg
she frequently fought all day and nursed the
wounded all night, with a strength and devo
tion almost superhuman; and while in tlis
"secret service" she penetrated the enemy's
lines no less than eleven time 3in various
disguises— always with complete success, so
far as the object of her expedition was con
cerned, and escaping without detection, aJ
though more than once "hardly by the skin
of her tee'-h."
After "Vicksburg" she was attacked by
fever, and became so ill as to be released
from duty. During convalescence she wrote
the "Nurse and Spy" (a book which reached
a «ale of upward of 400.000 copies), after which
V ' j /r
sue returned again to the army. Xot until
twenty years later was it known by her moat
Intimate comrades in the service -that thp
"Frank Thompson" whom they had known
and loved was a woman — a truly wonderful
case of concealed identity.
The peculiar mental and physical charac
teristics that rendered Euch a ro'.e possible
were In large measure the natural outgrowth
' of the circumstances surrounding her cbUd
hood and youth. Sarah K. R. Edmonds (for
such was her maiden name) wa» born on a
farm in Maguadanlck, N>w. Brunswick, nor
far from St. Jcvhn's river, whei'e she lived un
til about 2« yiars of age.
Her c-onatant companion from infancy »a«
an older blotter; and as little Sar«h ad
vanced in years ehe failed to develop any de
cided taste for household work, or for any
of the young lady pursuits of that day, but
waa passionately devoted to out-of-door life,
and spent the most of her time roaming over
! the farm with her brother, helping him In
j his labors and Joining In all his sports. With
him she rode, drove, skated and huntid
j chopped down the trees of th» forest. fls-:--:d
In the streams, or ou snowshoes tracked 'he
wild deer. Naturally keen, fearless, air-.
she becanm a superb horsewoman, a fine shu.
and strong and sk'lled in the various forms
: of outdoor Übor. so that later in camp a--<1
• field she could handle ax, gun or 6pade with
the best. All this open-air exerclsa gave iier
an unusual physiaue for the women of her
day. i'he was broad-shouldered, vigorous ami
athleti'-, with muscle of Iron and names of
i steel.
It «v quite natural upon approaching
womanhood that the desire should come to
Mlse BdmoaAi to make a career for herself;
i but there war? tern vocations orx?n to w>
men in those" dayfe that could appeal to one
of her peculiar, powers and equipment. One
day however, a copy of the newly revised
edition of the Bible fell Into her hands. Miss
Edmonds was an earnest ChrUrtlen, and had
an insatiable deeire for an education, and
the idea canie to her that she might lay the
! foundation for broadening her life by can
' vas-sing for Mfbecriptlons for this new Bible.
Partly from th« love of adventure, and
! partly from the business prestige It would
j jfive her. she determined to take advantage
| of her stalwart figure, assume a man's cos
; tume. end. under the name of "Frank
Thompson," carry on the business of agent
i for the revised edition of the Bible. She met
, witli no difficulty in the disguise, and wai
) remarkably successful in her undertaking.
i She worked her way selling Bibles down
. through Nova Scotia and the rtates until In
the fall of IS6O h«r route brought her to
Flint, Mich-
Miss Edmonds was at thi* time with so
many others greatly agitated by the diffi
culties between., the North and the South.
Though not an American, and not obliged
! to remain In the country during a conflict,
j she esjKiused the Federal cause with ardor;
! and when, immediately following the firing
jon Fort Sumter. and the president's call
for troops, the Flint. Union Grays asked fo
recrults. Frank Thompson was among ihe
first to present himself.
Although volunteer* In those days were not
•übject to the strict examination of our re
cent recruits. Frank felt rather nervous and
apprehensive over this part cf the pro
gramme, particular^ when he noted how
the man ahead of him in the line was treat
ed. However, the examiner merely looked
into the frank, honest face, took hotd of the
firm, string, but fair hand, acd asked:
"Well, what sort of a living haa this hand
With the dash native to her, Frank replied:
"Well, up to tie present, that hand has been
chiefly engaged in getting an education." And
the examiner passed on.
Within a short time Frank was with the
Army of the Potomac, devoting every pos
sible moment to caring for the sick and
consoling the dying. After the terrible de
feat at Bull Run. Sb« lingered on the fled.
ministering to the wounfed, though rep. ate*iy
warned that "the tebs wer» coming." until,
finding herself quit* alone, ahe proceeded to
make her way to Canterville. As the Con
federates had not then arrived she could not
make up her «ainjß to ot>nticue her re-reat
without first Ss4»»iPto the "Stone Church,"
crowded with ifecnuwd and dying Union sol
dier*. She aftnagfrd, giving them water,
until the tramßo* ffcvalry was heard at the
very door, whew fhe darted out, and as the
night was exceedingly dark, and the rain
coming down Ist tortenta. managed to elude
observation. Seeing .that there was no escape
by the street, sh«> climbed a fence, ran
across lots, coding jfut on the Fairfax road,
and started on the double-quick for Wash
ington. She arilved.at Alexandria at noon
next day, her shoes literally worn off her
feet and rearlj^exliAuted. having walked th#
whole distanced ti% rain without food.
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Queen Victoria's Carpet.
Queen Victoria is the owner of one of t.h«
most remarkable articles ever made in prison.
The superintendent of Agra jail, in India,
two years ago received an order to weave a
carpet of special design for her majesty. On
It twenty-eight of the deftest convicts of the
establishment have been engaged. The car
pet measures 77 feet by 40 feet, and it is esti
mated to contain no fewer than 50.000 COO
tioned before Yorktown. word was brought
that a Federal spy had been captured and was
to be executed, and it was of the utmost im
portance to the secret service that that
vacancy should be filled. Frank Thompson
immediately offered his services, and after
a rigid examination as to his character, in
formation, knowledge of firearms, etc., was
appointed to the perilous undertaking. He
chose the disguise of a contraband, and soon
after crossing the line was forced by a Con
federate officer 10 wheel gravel for the erec
tion of a breastwork.
The work was hard for the strongest man;
but Frank, helped out oca.:- tonally by a
good-natured darkey. ma:iag L d to pull through
the day, though his hands became blistered
from wrists to finger-tips. At night, however
he was free to ramble about the fortifications,
and for the following few days he contrived
to exchange work with other contrabands.
One night, being put on picket duty, he tx>k
to his hrels, and at dawn entered the Union
line* with accurate and detail-d information
Frank Thompson's next visit to a Confed
erate camp was in the disguise of an Irish
female peddler. During this expedition she
became lost in a swamp, suffered much from
fever and ague, ran iuto the very jaws of
death, and escaped only by the mo6t clevfr
strategy. S'r.e was afterward pres ed into
the secret service several times, and also
acted as detctive within our own lices. trap
ping a number of Confederate spies.
In 1863 Frank Thompson was promoted o
the. position of orderly on Gen. Poj's suff.
While act J ng In this capacity she was on*
day dispatched in the greatest possible hastt
from Jamestown with a report to Washington.
She ran her horse down, jumped from his
back, ungjt hir saddle, hastily buckled il
upon a mule standing near by. and Btartea
afresh. Unfortunately she had fa lr;l lo
oboerve thai the animal was blind, and in
taking a ditch it stumbled, threw its rider,
a.nd fell across her unconscious body. How
long it hy there the orderly never knew. bit.
long enough to lay the foundatio.i for uV;
mate raralysis. For this injury lirs. S ely»
wm in 18i6 granted a pension, the only
woman to ever receive a pension for active
service within the lines.
At the end of toe war Prank Thompson
was mourned fur as among the missing; ay.d
in 1867 Miss K^mor.us becuae Mm, Srtlyt.
Some twenty years, after the close i
war she cos day said to her husband: "ITo
1 ehcu-'d like to hear oace more from m>
brave old command' r, <'apt. Morse."
"Why don't you write to him and tell him
the whole ■tory?" ahktd her husband.
"Ah, you do not realize what all that in
volve*." repHed Mr-. Seelye. "For one thing.
I shouM be dehujed with f nrroumi leate, "
NeTerthelesa, the dronned a line to '"a.pr.
Moree. aakiiig for aews at him. requesting
him to ac!dre3a "Frank Thompson." care
L. H. Seelye. A long and cordiil letUr wu
th« restMt. beggjng for Frauk's history. Mrs.
Seelye then confided her s.t'.iry to her old
commander, imploring him to keep the secret
as sacrfi aa she had done fir the pa^t
twenty yearts. The good mm really meait
tn do so. but human nature is weak. Gradu
ally the truth !"-ake<l nut. and in ÜB4 Mr*.
Scolye receirfd an fntftupiwtic invitation to
be present at a reunion of her old regiment.
the Second Michigan, to be held at Flint. Sfe*
accepted, and there mpt hfr o:d romrjdes
for the first time rinoe she had fought b>
their side.
Her love of outdoor life nfver diminish .(V
atid sho remained r famous shot and bola
rid r almost to the *nd. More than all. she
never lost BMW salient points in h»r char
acter which made her so divinely useful in
hospital and field —courage, indomitable wlh
power, Christian fa : th. an-i the overmaster
ing impulse to carry the burdens of the w*>ia
ard minister to the suffering. The. proceeds
from the •■uormous sale of her "Norse and
Spy" wen? all dedicated o the (MUM of
Union soldiers.
The most accessible and desirably located
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These alone make it of
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It also contains glycerine,
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These three great remedial
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fCOTT * tOWIO, OMltfa, tU9 V«*
Two Words That Convey a Big
Volume of Meaning; Regarding
the Handling of Pine on the
Reservation* Magnificent Ave
nues Thronch Green Timber De
nominated Logging Rondi.
To The St. Paul CHobe:
It is probable that the late little cam
paign against the Pillager band of
Chippewa Indians may breed many
changes in the logging system now in
vogue at the Leeoh L.ake reservation,
changes that will inure to the benefit
of the government and protect the in
terests of its red-skinnad wards.
Every intelligent man knows that,
under present conditions, the door to
fraud is more than ajar — it is wide
open and the latch gone. Logging is
conducted on the reservation in a care
less and perfunctory manner, resulting
in loss to the Indians and the United
States, the destruction of much valu
able timber and the exploitation and
misappropriation of what should be a
sacred trust fund.
The system, as at present conducted,
while giving some temporary assis
tance to the Indians, offers a premium
for dishonesty. Of co-irse, forest fires
have occurred, and will occur, natural
ly and without a pecuniary incentive to
start them; but it is a self-evident pro
position, requiring no demonstration to
anybody but a Jibbering idiot, that,
when the present class of dead-and
down timber shall be exhausted (per
haps before), it will be to the interest
of loggers to see that there is a supply
to meet their demands.
The logging-reads that are cut
through the live timber are, as to width
magnificent avenuas, and what they
lack in length, as the crow files, they
n;ake up In devious twists and turns,
which sinuosities, oddly enough, us-
r» i\k THOMPSON.
"ally meander through any particular
ly fiiif flump of tit', s th.i^ may he in
the neighborhood Th-n there is an
indefinite and highly plaFtie allowance
of "boom-jrtickeia" for every million
feel of "dead-and-down." These
"boomsstlcks" are cut from standing
timber, and. In the absence of proper i
m.-i ection, the "allowance" Is simply
enormous— frequently a picturesque bit
of fallen wood massively framed in
sr^en logs.
instead of handling the timber on
thip reservation in a boelnesslike man
ner, as is done on the La Pointe ancl
1 ther Indian reserves, it is thrown into
the bands of irresponsible men, who j
«et signatures and contracts from
ignorant Indians, and, ihen, barter
them to lumber companies at a pre
mium, jf the middle-man makes what
"he thin-ks he should, or is .sufnelently
conacientious not to take all, he may
give a few barrels of pork or a few
dollar* to the Indian under whose right
I he has obtained perm4<pion to cut; but
j he guard* himself against loss, aa the
Indians have to deliver their logs on
j the Hank undfr exorbitant charges, are
obliged to i>ay enormously for supplies
and submit to a discount of 10 per ; ent
on thHr time-checks -or lab-or.
The manner of handling and dispos
ing of th? immense amount of timber
embraced within th t * limits of the
!i lake reservation is a question of
great importance, not only to the In
dians and the great lumbering inter
ests, but to the government itself, who,
.unless all signs lie, will, in a compara
tively short time, have to make up a
big deficiency in the income of the
wards of the nation.
It is the openly expressed opinion of
some of the oldest, most experienced
and most conservative loggers that it
ia only a question of a continuance of
the present iniquitous system for two
or three years in order that the reser
vation should be completely denuded
of timber, and an estate of about $5.
--000,000, in woodlands; alone, rendered
valueless, a beautiful and fertile sec
tion of a great state permanently ruin
ed, thousands of Indians pauperized,
the trust and honor of the nation be
trayed, and the government plundered.
And all this fo *° To satisfy the j
greed, " the hu "' «he lust
of gain of a who do
not represent g inter
There is r ,übt that :
the interests nt, of the
Indians and .siness en
terprises w< served un- :
der the dii ar depart
ment, and in the •... i charge of
army officers; and there is a strong,
healthy, growing sentiment in favor of
this plan among the best informed and
right-feeling people in this and every !
other community where the manage
ment of Indian affairs has brje-n a mat- '
ter of prominence.
There is no doubt in any sane, dis
interested mind that gross and crue! •
advantage has been taken of the Chip
pewas In the handling of their timber,
that unnumbered wrongs have been
committed against them; that they
have been frequently arrested on tri
vial, trumped-up charges, and that
they have been dragged hundreds of
miles from their homes as immaterial
witnesses in unimportant causes. Tha
late outbreak was directly attributable
to these causes, and the onus of it rests
upon white shoulders far more than
upon red.
But "like causes will produce like
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effects," and a continuance of the pres
ent methods, offering rewards for dis
honesty, will indubitably produce an
other uprising.
These Indians are a friendly, well
disposed people, and the large major
ity of them would become valuable
citizens under decent and intelligent
The plan adopted at the La Poiut#
agency In Wisconsin and at tho livv
other agencies in Wisconsin and Min
nesota that were under the same man
agement, is an excellent one and could
readily be inaugurated here. Lieut.
William A. Mercer, Eighth United
States infantry (now a captain in the
seme regiment), was in charge there
seven years, and there is probably no
other man. in the army or out of it,
better fitted by experience and natural
aptitude to take the management of
the White Earth and Leech lake res
ervations than he. He has a splendid
record for efficiency as an Indian agent,
vas in charge of the Indian exhibit at
the Omaha fair, is a strong, brainy,
fiarless, conservative man, and the
government could not do better than to
send him here to protect the interests
of all rightly concerned in this great
forest property, now being rapidly dis
sipated by criminal and greedy hands.
In this same connection the estab
lishment of the little army post at "
Walker by the direction of (.Jen. Bacon,
the military commander of the depart
ment of Dakota, was a wise and far
seeing move, for, while it has a deter
rent effect upon the hot-bloods among
the Indians, the better element under
stand that it is a guarantee of fair
treatment from the government, and
they are less apprehensive of oppres
sion from the deputy marshals. It is
earnestly hopo.i that this entering
wedge, making for justice, law and
order, will not be removed. The offi
cers are greatly interested in these
questions and are giving much careful
thought and investigation to them. *
Now that the Great Northern track
lias crossed that of the Bralnerd &
Minnesota Northern, making- Walker
the meeting point of the two lines of
railway, this town becomes the natural
t>"iiu for maßUfacturSpjg Itttiber, and
a sawmill will be erected here in the 1 "*
near future. The sawmill at the agency
of the Leech lake Indian reservation
ha* not been used for years, and the
Indians tear clapboards off their poor
houses or bog 1 packing boxes from the
st. res In Walker to make coffins for
their dead children.
Every white pine on the reservation
is worth $4 per thousand feet, and a
Norway pine should bring about $;!.
liut, under the present system of esl:
mation, the purchaser pays for only
about one-tl Ird of the actual timber on
a tract sold. In plain English, the buy
er of Indian Umber gets $3 worth of
wood for $1, an investment which pays
200 per cent before an ax is laid to the
Much more can and will be said about .
this matter. Men well Informed upon
the subject are beginnig to talk, and
they give dates, places and names.
Walker, Minn., Nov. 25.
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